Pune: Ensure that you have locked the handle of your parked two-wheeler properly, as the city has seen a sudden surge of vehicle thievery. The police crime branch’s anti dacoity cell has arrested a DJ, who was instrumental in 11 two-wheeler thefts.
The arrested youth has been identified as Ravindra Balashaheb Dhotare (22), originally from Bhor and currently residing in Hadapsar. The 11 bikes he stole include some super power bikes too, targetting bikes with handles that were unlocked. Most of these robberies occurred between December 2013 and March 2014; of which cases lie with Khadak, and one each from Bibewadi, Bhartividyapeeth, Sangvi, Bhosari, Chinchwad, Sahakarnagar, Bhor, Deccan Gymkhana and Chaturshrungi police stations.
The 11 motorbikes that have been recovered are been estimated at Rs6 lakh.
Ragunath Phuge inspector in-charge of Anti-Dacoity cell said, “Dhotare works as a DJ in a city-based private management firm, where he performs at marriages and parties. He was arrested, after constable Salunke’s relative alerted him that a boy is selling brand-new bikes for Rs 10,000 without any documents. Using this information, we arrested him. During investigations, he revealed that after late-night parties, he suffered from transportation issues, and felt shy to travel in public transport. So he would visit nearby areas and check the handlocks on bikes. If he found any bike unlocked, he’d break the wires and ride off with it.”
He added, “Initially, after the fuel gets over, he used to park the stole bike in isolated areas of the city, but later the greed of earning a quick buck got to him. He started selling the bikes for Rs10,000 - Rs15,000 without any documents.”
After the arrest, Dhotare said he learnt how to unlock vehicles without keys at his brother’s garage. At present we have arrested him on account of robbery of 11 vehicles, which we have recovered from the person to whom he had sell it.”
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The craze for super-bike has land a 17-year-old boy in trouble after he fabricated a case of robbery. On saturday, the boy was asked to deposit Rs1.27 lakh by his employer in bank but instead returned with swollen face claiming that he was robbed by unidentified persons.
The incident came to light, when travel agent Milan Sankhla (34), from Kondhwa, lodged a complaint with Cantonment police station against the boy and his accomplice Rajeev Thakur (30). The duo have been charged under the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code.
Inspector in-charge of Cantonment police station B B Mujawar said, “The boy returned with stabs injuries on his hand, leg and chest. He claimed that four unidentified persons covering their face demanded money and started beating and stabbing him. Sankhla then approached us. During investigation, it was revealed that the injuries on his body was made by blade and appeared to be self-inflected.” He said that the boy had kept the money with Thakur, and had promised to give him Rs20,000.